Maryland transportation crews prep for Hurricane Florence

    This photo provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, as it threatens the U.S. East Coast. Forecasters said Florence could become an extremely dangerous major hurricane sometime Monday and remain that way for days. (NASA via AP)

    BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) crews are being deployed throughout the state in preparation of Hurricane Florence and its potential impact in the state.

    Crews will be inspecting, cleaning and clearing storm water ditches, drains and inlets to “ensure adequate drainage.”

    “This is a major storm system, and it will likely cause significant damage and disruption to the state highway system,” said MDOT SHA Administrator Gregory Slater. “Maryland has received above-normal rainfall throughout summer and the ground is saturated so additional rain is likely to run-off rapidly.”

    Crews will also be inspecting emergency equipment such as high water signs, chain saws, chippers and loaders. They are also ensuring that generators are fully functional in case of power outages so crews can continue working.

    Motorists are reminded to not drive through standing water and to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown,” Two feet of rapidly moving water can float a bus and six inches is capable of knocking a person off their feet.

    Other advice includes:

    • Avoid downed or damaged power and transmission lines as these could still be live;
    • Be cognizant of fallen trees or tree limbs; and
    • Remain alert for wild animals, such as deer, that may flee dangerous areas and cross roadways.

    Officials are also reminding motorists that if you encounter an intersection where traffic signals are without power, treat all directions of the intersection as a four-way stop.

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